Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Photograph and Birthday

Today's my b-day and because I'm only 49 (not 50 yet), I haven't officially hit middle age. My children don't seem to think I'll live to be 100 so they believe I passed middle age about a decade ago, but I never listen to my kids when they talk nonsense. Also, if you google "middle age" you'll find it's between the ages of 45 and 65. I'm still good. 

Here's one of my latest colored pencil drawings, Marilyn in "Photograph," inspired by the Def Leppard song from 1983.



I'm also selling prints of this drawing, $25 on textured, high-quality paper and $45 for a gallery-quality giclée print, so if you're interested please e-mail me at ilyzu1216@yahoo.com.

Wishing you and yours a beautiful day! xo

Friday, December 12, 2014

If I Could Turn Back Time


Cher with red hair and light eyes, why not? It's the holiday season and although she doesn't look like she feels festive, pa'l mal tiempo buena cara, as we say in our culture.

I'm planning a chicas' road trip for late January with two friends and I'm looking forward to visiting St. Pete for the first time, checking out the Dali museum and sampling the local dishes (I'm referring to the food, of course). 

This weekend I plan to have 90% of my Christmas shopping done. If not, I'll be panicking come Monday. Every year I say I want to relax, keep it simple, not give in to all the commercialism, but when I start looking at Christmas through my kids' eyes I want to do everything in my power to make it memorable for them. Even if it's not all about the shopping, it's still a busy time. What I need to do is start shopping earlier, preferably in the summer, and plan better. That's a resolution for next year!

♫ If I Could Turn Back Time ♫ ♪

,,,I'd make it July.

Feliz Friday, mi gente!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Upside Down Sunday Sketch



This is my drawing of Diana Ross and it only makes sense to post her upside down to go with the title of her 1980 hit. Here she is right side up:



I'm using toned, textured art boards for portraits now because they're easier to carry with me and I feel they bring out more of the colored pencil.

We're putting up the tree this afternoon and spending the day at home for a change. I've been feeling rushed lately with Christmas around the corner, hockey trips every other weekend and preparing for the closing of the ALF in January...and if I could hibernate for the winter, I'd put that on my wish list.

Today is my day of rest. Enjoy your Sunday and the beautiful week that lies ahead!

PS - Here's my Sunday Sketch. Her name is "Tristona," which means Sad Girl in Spanish.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Should I Stay or Should I Go?


This drawing was inspired by The Clash song from their Combat Rock album of 1982. I'm using toned, textured paper, which I LOVE for portraits. I don't think I can go back to white now; it's sort of like the saying, "once you go black..." only this is more like café con leche, oscurito.

It's December 1st and I have not done any Christmas shopping yet. With the ALF closing, my night classes and the busy hockey season, I haven't had time to get out there. I'm also not a fan of busy malls and parking lots...so it looks like it's going to be a manic Cyber Monday for me.

Hope you're enjoying the season. It goes by fast, so it's always good to slow down, watch some Christmas movies, listen to festive holiday music, indulge in seasonal drinks and spend quality time with those you love.

Celebrate LIFE! xo

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sketchy People and a Tiny Home

I've decided to sketch friends whose profile pics (or any social media photo) appeal to me in some way...so here's my first:



Her name is CJ and she's a neighborhood friend who I met at a karaoke club a few years back. She and her mom can sing! We have some pretty amazing local talent, so I may continue drawing folks from the karaoke group...but if you have a photo you'd like to send me, please e-mail me at ilyzu1216@yahoo.com and I'll take a look at it.

Yesterday I downloaded this book to my Kindle app for the iPad:



It's about a woman who made the decision to live a simpler life after suffering a near-death experience. Here's an inside look at her tiny home.




I'm still reading the book by Isabel Allende (it takes me longer to read in Spanish but I'll finish). My fancy Spanish vocabulary is finally growing.



Happy Thursday and Happy Reading!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Free Art Friday Miami Girl



This portrait is titled, "FAF Miami Girl," and it's for this week's treasure hunt. If you haven't heard of Free Art Friday, it's a weekly art giveaway that takes place in different cities around the world. The pieces are left on the streets, photographed and posted on their Facebook page, some with hints, some without (the photos are the biggest clues), and the search is on. Once someone find the artwork, a note is attached instructing them to post a pic to the FB page for all members to know it's been found, and they get to keep the piece.

Last year a Facebook friend from the UK dropped my Scarlett Johansson portrait on the streets of London for their FAF event, and I loved seeing the pic of the girl who found it. She was so sweet and now she and I are FB friends as well. This weekly treasure hunt is a lot of fun and exposes the city to unique works of art.  It's nice to see more and more young kids being a part of it.

I'm linking this post to this week's Paint Party Friday, another fun and talented group of people. Please click on the link and check out their work when you have time.

Feliz Friday! ♥

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Lonely is the Night



This drawing was actually done on the back of a handout from my QuickBooks instructor. While waiting for the Tech guy to fix a computer problem, I had some free time.

The title of this sketch is from an old Billy Squier song. He was the first singer I saw in concert without a "chaperone" and I had such a crush on him.



Last night was anything but lonely...



I headed down the street for a night of karaoke with neighborhood friends. We chatted, drank mojitos, sang, danced and ate cookies. I love our little town.